As reports call on global companies to end the secrecy over their carbon footprint, Coca-Cola admits it produces 3m tonnes of plastic packaging a year.
The Ellen MacArthur foundation recently disclosed the data that Coca-Cola produces an astonishing amount of 3.3 million tons of plastic packaging a year, equating to 200,000 bottles every minute. The data on Coca-Cola was gathered by activist Ellen MacArthur who strives to push large companies and governments to take action in fixing the plastic pollution problem. Mars, Nestlé, and Danone are one of the 31 companies including Coca-Cola that have revealed how much plastic waste they produce. In total, these companies produce 8m tonnes of plastic packaging a year.
The foundation commits to reducing global waste by:
1. Using reusable packaging and eliminating unnecessary plastic packaging
2. Creating innovations which will enable 100% of plastic packaging to be efficiently and safely reused, recycled, or composted by 2025.
3. Making plastic into a circular economy by increasing the reuse or recycling of plastic
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation encourages non-discrepancy on plastic package waste by large corporations. “The decision by more than 30 companies to publicly disclose their annual plastic packaging volumes in the report is an important step towards greater transparency,” the foundation said.
150 companies have signed up for the MacArthur's global commitment to reduce plastic waste, yet the majority have still to disclose the figures of their plastic production publicly. A few companies that have not revealed this information are Pepsi Co, H&M, L’Oréal, Walmart and Marks & Spencer.
This news comes after Coca-Cola's pledge back in 2018 where they announced their goal to recycle all their packaging by 2030. Coca-Cola also announced its aim to increase the amount of recycled content in their bottles from 7% to 50% by 2030. However, the company was criticized for their approach towards the plastic pollution problem, with people pointing out that they should reduce waste production, not merely increase recycling.
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